That is correct. You cannot open a C4D file by clicking on the file unless you have the full version of C4D installed on your system. It's a licensing issue. You can only open a C4D file or C4D Lite from inside After Effects.
You can import the C4D file into AE or import it into C4D lite with you have opened the program from inside AE. That's the only way to do it.
For more info on how to work with C4D lite in AE just type C4D in the Search Help field at the top right corner of AE and check out the community resources. http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/search/index.cfm?cat=support&term=c4d&loc=en_US&lr=en_US&prod uct=aftereffects
There's a bunch of good info on the workflow there.
Thank you Rick for the fast reply!
I tried to open the file within AE, not having tried to open it by double-clicking it because I knew it didn't work that way since the Cinema 4D lite only works when used together with AE.
However, I now understand that it's normal that the file's icon is shown as exec.
After I purged all memory and cache, I created a new file in the same way and it works fine now.
Thank you for your help!!
I have the same problem. I created a Cinema4D file straight from After Effects CC (2017) but the saved Cinema4D file shows up as an exec file that doesn't render anything in After Effects. It still can be opened in Cinema4D Lite and works just fine there.
The comp sizes match the size set in Cinema 4D and everything. The file just still shows up as an exec file and only shows a black frame when placed into a comp in After Effects.
I've purged all memory and cache and also restarted the computer multiple times but that doesn't seem to solve the problem for me.
I haven't seen anyone answer this question, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Thanks!
Computer and Software Specs
AE version: AE CC 188.8.131.52
Cinema 4D Lite: 16.038 (Build RB121092)
OS: macOS Sierra 10.12.1
Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 8GB 1600MHz DDR3
Screenshot of the Project Panel with the Cinema4D exec file:
I am currently having this same issue. Were you ever able to solve the problem?
Unfortunately, no I have not been able to resolve the problem. I opened up another thread and got no response there, either: Cinema 4D Lite file shows up as exec file in After Effects CC and doesn't render anything
I haven't tried calling Adobe support or anything beyond these forums, so that's something you can try, if you'd like to give it a shot. If you do figure it out eventually, please let me know!
FYI.....a little different than the problem above, but......I was just on the phone with Maxon. According to a Tech Manager, ONE of the issues with C4D Lite from within the AE platform may be related to systems running Sierra OS. Apparently Maxon has advised Adobe of the problem and it should be fixed on the next AE update. I haven't verified with Adobe yet.
In my instance, when trying to save a new C4D file from CC2017 AE on my new iMac running Sierra, I have been getting the error 'AEGP PlugIn Cineware SceneLayer: Cinema 4D failed to start (5027::12).